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Later that month, December 28—30, the first annual Dixie Classic tournament was held in Reynolds. In its time the Dixie Classic became the largest regular season tournament in college basketball. NC State went on to defeat Baylor in the third-place game, 53— In State defeated Villanova in the first round before losing to Illinois. In the team lost in the first round to St. The Wolfpack's six-year winning streak against North Carolina came to an end in January , as the Wolfpack, ranked 17 in the country, lost to the unranked Tar Heels in Raleigh, 70— McGuire inflamed NC State players and fans by having his players cut down the nets in Reynolds Coliseum following the victory.
By the end of the —53 season the Southern Conference had bloated to 17 members and was still seen as a football-centric conference. Maryland and Duke had become national football powers and there weren't many schools in the conference that could regularly compete against them.
The Wolfpack was ranked 8 in the nation at the time, but just as in the first ever meeting between the two schools, Wake Forest prevailed.
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Case and his squad defeated the Demon Deacons later that season in the first-ever ACC Tournament championship game, 82—80 in overtime. Case's squad won a second ACC title the following year, defeating Duke in 87—77 in the championship game. The team finished with a 28—4 record but was ineligible for postseason play; earlier in the season the NCAA imposed four years' probation and banned them from postseason play during that time for numerous recruiting violations.
The team also played in its first televised game earlier that season, losing to North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 73— State's loss in the first round of that year's ACC Tournament also marked the first time that Case did not lead his team to the conference championship game. To add insult to injury, bitter rival North Carolina brought the ACC its first national championship.
The team finished third in and was ranked 20th in the nation at the season's end but again lost early in the ACC Tournament , this time to North Carolina in the quarterfinals. The Dixie Classic brought to Reynolds Coliseum some of the most talented teams ever assembled for the tournament. The Pack finished the season ranked 6 with a 22—4 record. The —60 Wolfpack team finished with an 11—15 record, marking Case's first losing season in Raleigh.
The team finished fourth in the ACC in and third in but lost in the first round of the conference tournament both seasons. In the summer of , Case, then 62 years old, hired his former player and then Clemson head coach Press Maravich to be his top assistant. Case's health began to deteriorate rapidly over the following two seasons as the Wolfpack finished fifth in the ACC in and seventh in The seventh-place finish was the lowest of Case's tenure and would prove to be his last. On December 7, , just two games into the season, Everett Case retired and named Maravich as his successor.
His overall record of — remains the best in NC State history. Maravich led the Pack to second-place finish in the conference and an ACC championship, its first in six years. After State defeated eighth-ranked Duke in the championship game, 91—85, Case, by then using a wheelchair, was rolled on court to cut the final strand from the net.
On April 30, , the day after Maravich announced that he was leaving, Everett Case died while in a Raleigh hospital. Just a week after Maravich's exit, former Wolfpack basketball and football player Norm Sloan was hired as the new head coach. In —68, his first season, Sloan's team finished the regular season third in the ACC with a 9—5 conference record.
Sloan realized that his team was vastly undersized against the Blue Devils. He decided, however, to use the Wolfpack's quickness to its advantage and keep the ball away from the Duke players for as much of the game as possible. Using a tactic he coined "stall-ball," Sloan instructed his players to hold the ball at halfcourt and slow the game down as much as possible. The final result was the lowest scoring game in ACC Tournament history. Duke led 4—2 at halftime and the Wolfpack held the ball for more than 13 straight minutes in the second half. In the end, State prevailed 12— The following season marked another historic first in the Wolfpack program, as on December 2, , Al Heartly debuted as the school's first African-American basketball player.
Heartly had a solid three-year career at NC State and was named a team captain as a senior.
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The team finished the regular season at 23—7 overall and third in the conference. In the conference championship game, the Pack defeated third-ranked South Carolina 42—39 in double overtime. State received a bye in the first round of the tournament and lost its first game to St. Bonaventure in the semifinals, 80— In the Eastern Regional third-place game, the Pack defeated Niagara, — Despite State's quick exit from the tournament, Sloan's squad finished the season ranked tenth in the AP poll, its first end-of-the-season ranking since being ranked sixth following the —59 season.
During the spring of , just after the season's end, Sloan signed Tom Burleson. Burleson, a 7'4" native of Newland, NC , was the first major player of the Wolfpack squad that would have a combined record of 57—1 during the —73 and —74 seasons to be signed. The following spring, Sloan signed the remaining pieces of the championship nucleus, 6'4" David Thompson , 5'7" point guard Monte Towe , and 6'7" power forward Tim Stoddard.
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At 13—14 overall, the —71 season was Sloan's worst and his only losing season as the Wolfpack head coach. With the addition of Thompson, Towe, and Stoddard to the starting lineup in —73, the team rebounded quickly from its recent struggles. David Thompson, known as "Skywalker" for his inch vertical leap,  impressed in his debut as a sophomore.
In what was a —53 rout of Appalachian State, Thompson scored 33 points and collected 13 rebounds. The third-ranked Wolfpack defeated second-ranked Maryland in College Park , 87— The two teams met again two months later in the ACC Tournament championship game. State won another narrow victory over the Terrapins, 76—74, to finish the season at a perfect 27—0. Ranked second nationally in the first AP poll of the season,  the team was poised to make another strong run.
State began the season with a pair of games against East Carolina and Vermont , which it won by a combined score of — The Pack came out sluggish and was easily defeated, 84— It would prove to be the team's only loss in two seasons, though, as the Pack tore through the ACC, finishing the regular season at 24—1 overall. As the top seed in the conference tournament, the Wolfpack received a bye in the first round.
In the semifinals State easily defeated Virginia, 87— In the championship game the team faced off against fourth-ranked Maryland, which had lost by only six points in each of the teams' regular season meetings. Maryland jumped to an early 25—12 lead, hitting 12 of its first 14 shots. The Wolfpack cut the deficit to five points at halftime, but momentum shifted throughout the second half.
NC State led by four late in the game, but Maryland closed the gap and sent the game to overtime, tied at The Wolfpack, led by Tom Burleson's 38 points, won — in what has been heralded as one of the greatest college basketball games ever played. Back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons, Sloan and his team played their first two games on their home court. In the week leading up to the game, thousands of fans packed Reynolds Coliseum to watch the Wolfpack practice.
When the two teams finally met in Greensboro , it was another tight contest for the Pack. After ending regulation tied at 65, each team scored only two points in the first overtime. State went on to win, 80—77, and advanced to the national championship game against Marquette. The championship game, played two nights later, was much less competitive than the previous contest. The game was close in the first half until Marquette coach Al McGuire received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. McGuire's exit sparked a 10—0 Wolfpack run just before halftime.
NC State led by as much as 19 points in the second half and ultimately won, 76— Thompson left NC State after his senior season in as the school's most decorated player. His 44 jersey remains the only retired jersey in NC State history, though others have been honored. Sloan remained head coach through the —80 season. Also, twice during his final six seasons in Raleigh his teams played in the NIT. In , the Pack advanced to the semifinals and in , it defeated South Carolina , Detroit, and Georgetown before falling to Texas in the championship game.
In his final season, he led the program to its th victory. After resigning from NC State, Sloan returned to Florida , where he had previously coached from — Following Sloan's exit, Jim Valvano was hired as head coach on March 27, Expectations were high before the —83 season, but a foot injury to Dereck Whittenburg slowed the team to a fourth place regular season finish. State did just that, defeating heavily favored North Carolina and Virginia squads led by Michael Jordan and Ralph Sampson , respectively.
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The Wolfpack kept winning. In the regional final, NC State again defeated Virginia, 63—62, then defeated Georgia in the Final Four to advance to the championship game against Houston.
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The Cougars, nicknamed Phi Slama Jama for their athletic, fast-paced style of play that featured Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon , were expected to win easily over the underdog Wolfpack. NC State escaped with their second national title after a last-second air ball by Dereck Whittenburg was caught and dunked by Lorenzo Charles.
In the championship game, State defeated rival North Carolina, which had gone undefeated in conference play. It was the program's last ACC championship to date.
The team made an early exit, though, losing to 14 seed Murray State in the first round. Valvano's final season in Raleigh was mired in controversy after the release of the book, Personal Fouls , written by Peter Golenbock. In the book, Golenbock alleged improper practices and a lack of institutional control in the NC State athletics department. The allegations included grade fixing, lowered or waived entrance requirements for athletes, the selling of tickets and sneakers by athletes, and frequent drug use by athletes.